The Churchill Factor

The Churchill Factor

How One Man Made History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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From London's inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the story of how Churchill's eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own. On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays--with characteristic wit and passion--a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale, yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II, even as it ushered in England's post-war decline. His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is the story of vast and impersonal forces; he is proof that one person--intrepid, ingenious, determined--can make all the difference.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2014
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553545043
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 11 min., 14 sec.)) : digital
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Shepherd, Simon

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deelitch Dec 23, 2014

What a superb book to have "read" in audio format. The historically refreshed Churchill biography may be enjoyed as a performance by an excellent British reader/actor, who can sound much like the esteemed subject as well as the fine author of this most enjoyable read--Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. I laughed a lot at quips & opinions of the great orator, and have revised my thoughts on Great Britain and one man's incredible role in the outcome of World War II. Thank you, Winston Churchill !! And, Boris, I couldn't put the book down.


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